A press release noted that the IAC’s concern is not confined just to the high number of major crimes but at the plethora of petty related incidents which continue to plague the country.
“This apparent spike in crime-related activities recently, continues to instill fear in the populace and has a negative impact on investments, business and commerce. The IAC believes that if this is not brought under control at the soonest, the related impact could be harmful to the local economy and Guyana’s international image as a whole.”
The IAC calls on the relevant authorities to immediately present to the Guyanese people a plan of action, which must be implemented forthwith, to counter and reduce the current high incidents of crime.
“This plan and its related actions will serve to instill a sense of security in Guyanese and help to restore their confidence in those tasked to protect.”
The IAC is of the firm view that mechanisms to mitigate the current spate of crime must be given utmost priority having being cognizant of its negative redounding effects. It therefore urges the government to adapt a zero-tolerance approach in an effort to bring the perpetrators to justice and will support pertinent related interventions to bring the situation under control.
“While mindful of the challenges resources may present in combating crime, the IAC would like to suggest an efficient use for maximum results. The IAC also calls on Guyanese to take all necessary precautions for their protection and to be extremely careful when in the process of transacting business.”
According to the organization, the movement of large sums of cash, when necessary, must be approached with exceptional care being mindful of the related risks. All must remain vigilant and any suspicious activity or persons must be reported.
It is in this context that the IAC calls on members of the law enforcement agencies to be in a state of readiness for any necessary response which must uncompromisingly be, swift and targeted.